Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell admits he is playing for his future as he looks to earn a new contract at the club.

The former Chelsea, Aston Villa and Arsenal man has impressed during his two years at the club but his contract expires at the end of the season.

And the 30-year-old says he is desperate to stay at the club next season.

“I’ll continue to work hard and I’m sure I’ll be rewarded in the end,” said Sidwell, who scored against West Brom on Saturday.

“It’s a big season for me as I’m in the last year of my contract – so I’ll be doing all I can to earn a new one.

“It wasn’t that long ago I wasn’t getting a game at Aston Villa but Fulham threw me a lifeline and I grabbed it with both hands.

“I’ve had injuries that have made me think I might not recover – it can be scary.

“But you try and come through and now I’m entering my third full season with the club, having initially been on loan.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here, right from the start, and it was all about finding my feet and playing regular football again.

“I’ve spoken before about my gratitude in regards to the chance I was given at Fulham, and I maintain that.”